Manu Expedition & Adventure - 6 days
Manu Expedition & Adventure - 6 days

Manu Reserve Zone - 7 days

The Manu National Park, which spans over 1716295.22 acres, borders the protected area we visit which permits tourists in Manu. The area is inhabited by members of the Machiguenga communities, and it is studded with ancient trees, many 130 ft. tall. On the Manu Reserved Zone of 7 days / 6 nights we encounter wildlife along Manu River and along vast trails; in this important area we’ll seek out caimans, ocelots, tapirs, deer, and jaguars, monkeys(just to name a few) and finish with bird/otter watching at the parrot claylick. You can also cool off tubing in the Palotoa River on this tour.

NOTE :The program involves several trips by bus and boat, and so given the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without notice.


Duration

7 Days


Type

Adventure


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Distance

Start: Cusco
End: Cusco
Style: Original
Type: Adventure
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Age: Minimum 10 years with their parents, 18 without parents.
Group size: Minimum 2 Maximum 9

Meals
6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (vegetarian option available)

Transport
Land transportation (minivan), river transportation (canoe motorized), Peke Peke (small boat motorized, perfectly designed for small rivers, for the Palotoa River)

Accommodation
At Posada Manu Rainforest (2night), Robles Tree House (2night), Casa Machiguenga (2nifgts)

  • Hike in the cloud forest (first day)
  • Visit to the Machuhuasi lagoon (raft with pole)
  • Macaw, parrots and parakeet viewing at the Colpa (Robles Ecological Reserve)
  • Tubing in the Palotoa River (Robles Ecological Reserve)
  • Night hikes with licensed naturalist guide
  • View to Cocha Otorongo (tower) (Reserved Zone of Manu)
  • Visit to Cocha Salvador (catamaran) (Reserved Zone of Manu)
  • Hiking trails on our private reserve
  • Exploration of river and jungle for Wildlife

First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and the last dinner.

TOUR ROUTE

Manu Reserve Zone 7 Days

On the map we see Manu National Park covers almost two million hectares, between the Andes, high jungle, and low jungle. Our routes in the minivan by road are about 9 hours the first day and the last day of return to Cusco, 6 hours.

Boat tour is around 22 hours from the first day to the last day. It’s both a mode of transport and a cruise in the middle of the Amazon jungle. The adventure, wildlife and flora highlights await on the river banks of Manu, the Rio Madre De Dios and the Rio Palotoa rivers. It’s not just a ride, it’s an adventure!

ITINERARY

Day 01: Cusco – Manu Cloud Forest – Posada Manu Rainforest

We travel through mountains and valleys and through picturesque Andean farms and villages to the “chulpas” of Ninamarca (a Pre-Incan Archeological Site of small tower like graves), later we pass through the quaint colonial town of Paucartambo (the folkloric Capital of Cusco). Then we ascend to Acjanaco pass 4,000m (13,123pies), the entrance Manu National Park. Then, descending through the cloud forest we will pass through different altitudes hosting different zones of flora and fauna. Here we begin to see the variety of wildlife and vegetation unsurpassed in the world: orchids, begonias, lichens and misty shrubs and gargantuan trees, incredible birdlife like quetzals, trogons, tangaras, toucans y Peru’s beautiful national bird the Cock of the Rock (Rupícola peruviana). And some primates like: wooly and the capuchin monkey.

Continuing in the minivan, we’ll reach the port of Atalaya where we can make last minute purchases and board our motorized river boat. After about 2 hours in the open waters of Alto Madre de Dios River, we’ll arrive to our lodge with shower.

Night at Posada Manu Rainforest.

Day 02: Posada Manu Rainforest – Casa Machiguenga

5:00 AM starts our river boat trip toward the Manu Reserved Zone, a natural Paradise! We’ll have breakfast onboard so we use every minute to spot wildlife. After about 4 hours traveling down current we arrive where Boca Manu River changes course, travelling up current to Rio Manu (Manu River). During this boat trip we have the best chance of spotting the elusive jaguar, foraging capybaras, and dozing caimans on the stone beaches; a multitude of birds: egrets and great herons fishing, macaws with their dazzling colors, toucans, eagles, and more (the guide will help you spot them!) Wildlife is unpredictable but with so much here, we’ll definitely have a great day!

Overnight at the rustic Casa Machiguenga.

Day 03: Casa Machiguenga – Cocha Salvador – Cocha Otorongo (oxbow lakes)

Leaving very early to board wooden catamarans at Salvador Oxbow Lake, where giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), a plethora of birds including the prehistoric hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazín), and 14 kinds of monkeys inhabit on trees. As we are deep in the jungle we can chance on many more.

Lunch break and then we’ll visit Otorongo Oxbow Lake, We climb the observation tower and wow at the lake and troupes of giant otters frolicking there. Black caimans cross from one side to the other or bask in the sun. Because it´s a magical place at night, we’ll have a night tour.

Day 04: Casa Machiguenga – Robles Tree House

We’ll get up very early to get every chance to see the elusive jaguar en route to the Boca Manu. We might also happen upon tapir, capybaras or peccaries on the banks of Manu River, or turtles straddling trunks, or caimans sunning on the shores. Once in Boca Manu, we leave the still waters for the turbulent Alto Madre De Dios River where we steer ahead to the Robles Tree House. Your guide will explain the area and point out wildlife and flora on the way.

Overnight at Robles Tree house

Day 05: Parrot Colpa - Trekking - Swimming

The Robles Ecological Reserve offers us the most important wildlife viewing activity of this tour to Manu at our private parrot colpa. (A collpa is a mineral rich clay wall that attracts animals, which need to eat there to get essential minerals.) At 5 a.m. we wake up and gather to watch the colpa from our hide at 5:30 a.m., the best time to catch the birds and animals feeding there. Parrots, parakeets, macaws (Aras), (sometimes in the hundreds) feed on clay since it counteracts the toxins that eat in their daily diet day through their food.

On our private reserve, we offer you hiking in pristine forests of bamboo and primary forests of gigantic trees, where we will go in search of life wild such as: peccaries, monkeys, Amazonian turtles, and birds. At nightfall we offer a night walk in search of: night active animals like: tapir, tarantulas, frogs, snakes, spiders, and night monkeys, among many others. It’s nature so we can be surprised at any moment by a magnificent sight!

Night at Robles Tree House

Day 06: Parrot Clay Lick – River Tubing

After our amazing night at the Hide, we’ll wake up early hike back through the jungle to take up watch on the river bank opposite the salt lick. With good conditions, we’ll be able to see parakeets, Green parrots, splendid macaws, and even Otters rolling past for their morning dose of nutrient rich clay.

After breakfast! Unique to our trip is river Tubing, which consists of gliding down a stretch of the river Palotoa with an inflated tire. Let yourself be guided by the river current for a stretch of 4 kilometers immersed in the sounds and sights of the Manu rain forest: an unforgettable part of our packages that we offer in our private Robles Ecological Reserve.

Overnight in comfort at Posada Manu Rainforest.

Day 07: Posada Manu Rainforest - Cusco

We leave the lodge after breakfast and head back to Cusco. The boat ride at this hour gives us multiple opportunities to see wildlife on the river. Back on the road from Antalya, we’ll make stops along the way and have a scenic lunch in nature. We’ll arrive back in Cusco around 6 PM and drop you at your hotel. Thank you for enjoying Manu with us!

The meeting point or pick up will be at your Cusco hotel, our Guide will meet you with our private minivan.

The tour begins and ends in the city of Cusco. If you're based outside of Cusco in Pisac, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo for example, you will be picked up much earlier to be brought to the city of Cusco to join the tour at its departure point. Please contact us to coordinate. This will have an additional cost, and schedule of pick up will be arranged.

Pick up time is bright and early, at 4:00 in the morning, to give us more time to enjoy the places of interest on the way. And, leaving early we also take advantage of the fresh morning to see more wildlife on the way. Leaving early we also avoid traffic and other tour groups behind.

We normally run this tour from March to December (summer). For January and February, please inquire for availability as it is the rainy season and trips will be scheduled only when it is safe.

We recommend economizing on your luggage for this trip to Manu of 7 days. Travel light and think about bringing layers instead of big jackets, etc. Be selective and pack light. Choose quick dry clothing if possible, we will be in the jungle! Remember long sleeves and long trousers are a barrier between you and the mosquitos! Pack wisely and enjoy your trip more.

  • A small daypack for all your essentials like water bottle, camera, snacks and phone , toilet paper, hand sanitizer
  • 4-5 long sleeve t-shirts or polos
  • 3 Ultra lightweight pair of hiking pants
  • 6 Pairs of underwear
  • 6 Pairs of socks
  • 1 wide-brimmed Sun Hat
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • 1 small ultra-light towel
  • Waterproof shoes/hiking sandals like TEVAs
  • Swimming suit/Bathers
  • Torch/flashlight with extra battery
  • Dark-colored clothing

We don’t want you to miss out on the spectacular beauty of the flora and fauna Manu rainforest! While your zoom is a great way to catch animals at a distance, binoculars are a great way just to watch! Manu Rainforest Peru provides use of professional binoculars! The Nikon, Vortex 8 x 42 water resistant binoculars offer extended clear viewing and brings the action in close. Please note, while in your care, the binoculars are your responsibility, so please treat them with care as you are liable in the event of any damage or loss.

  • Plastic bags for dirty and clean clothes, and for camera/electronics.
  • A torch or head lamp (torch for night hikes) with battery
  • Camera and Battery charger and extra batteries, memory cards
  • Biodegradable or Organic Soap (available in Cusco)
  • Sunscreen
  • DEET or other strong insect repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper (in plastic bag to keep dry!)
  • Personal medication for 7 days

Manu Rainforest Peru rates include all meals (optional vegetarian with notice), soft drinks, hot drinks, sparkling wine and beer with meals, accommodations at lodges, excursions with knowledgeable naturalist guides, professional cook (chef), the Manu National Park entrance fee, night walks. We will provide private transportation (boat & minivan). Breakfast and lunch will be available on your last day and are included in the rate. Tubing in the river is also included on your amazon adventure. One great advantage of our “all inclusive” rates is that you will know in advance exactly how much you’re Manu Rainforest Peru vacation will cost.

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